Lia, an ITZY member, will be prolonging her leave of absence owing to health issues. In September, she initially made her break public. She has been diagnosed with anxiety, according to her agency YGP Entertainment, and as a result, she will not be taking part in the girl group’s anticipated January 2024 comeback.
Soompi quoted the statement of Lia’s agency, “Hello. This is JYPE. This is an announcement regarding the status of ITZY member Lia’s health and her activities hereafter. Currently, Lia is experiencing tension and symptoms of anxiety when carrying out scheduled activities. She was diagnosed with anxiety disorder as a result of examination from a specialized medical institution, and she is currently focusing on treatment.”
“After adequate discussion with Lia and the members, it was decided that Lia will be absent from the production of [ITZY’s] new album in January 2024 as well as their world tour in order to consider the recovery of her health as the top priority,” it further added.
Lia’s single Blossom to be included in the group album now
The group’s comeback album will now include Lia’s pre-recorded single, Blossom, in consideration of the disappointed fans. Blossom’s lyrics video has been released.
The organization further stated, “For fans who must be upset by the news, Lia’s solo track Blossom that was prepared in advance will be included in the album, and a lyric video was revealed today. We ask for warm support and love from many fans. We will continuously take the best possible measures for Lia’s recovery. We once again thank the fans who always cherish ITZY.”
Lia unfurls single BLOSSOM
Lia wrote in a handwritten letter, “MIDZY (ITZY’s fan club) whom I miss, hello, this is Lia. I am directly relaying an update with a handwritten letter for fans who must be worried.”
“After much thought, I will not be able to participate in the upcoming album production and world tour, and I plan on taking time to focus more on recovering my health. I am also revealing my solo track Blossom along with a lyric video for fans who must be upset,” she also said and went on to add, “It is a song filled with my sincerity that I want to express to fans. Our MIDZY, are you doing well? I am doing somewhat well in my own way. I promise to return more improved and healthier, enough to repay the support given by MIDZY during this time we cannot spend together! Thank you for always trusting and waiting for me,” she further added.
In 2019, JYP Entertainment signed ITZY and they made their debut. Yuna, Ryujin, Chaeryeong, Lia, and Yeji make up the group.HELPLINE INFO:
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